Metal Cutting

Material removal through cutting, turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping and more using machinery such as laser cutting systems, plasma cutting systems, oxyfuel cutting systems, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, turning centers, multitasking machines, electrical discharge machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.

Don’t Get Left Behind

Shops everywhere are investing in 5-axis machining technology to increase profit margins on parts they were producing on 3-axis machines. Here's why.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.
CAD/CAM Software

Mission Accomplished

Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life is up 40 percent, and Mico Industries is creating dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise.
Drilling Machines

Making Natural Gas Clean with a “Hole” Lot of Pressure

Using a modified HMD915 magnetic drill and Industrial Series of Rotabroach Cutters from Hougen enabled Mueller Environmental to cost-effectively develop a patented new system for cleaning natural gas.
Gear Cutting Machines

Gear Production: Higher Speed, Closer Precision

Automated threaded wheel grinding on gear production machines has now been boosted by an order of magnitude with increased machining accuracy to DIN class 3.
Grinding Machines

Gear Hobbers and Control Migration

This is the story of how Bourn & Koch upgraded its older gear hobbers to advanced CNC systems to machine large bull and cluster gears, worms, shafts, splines and pinions for the defense and aerospace, oil/gas drilling, mining, heavy equipment and power generation industries.
Honing Machines

Over a Barrel

Surface finish is the one feature of a rifle barrel that cannot be controlled in hammer forging. Now, custom rifle barrel makers are learning a trick from the makers of hammer forged barrels on how to overcome surface imperfections.
Horizontal Machining Centers

Horizontal Machining vs. Vertical Machining: Rethinking Your Operation

If the manufacturer is able to move past the sticker price and examine the dollars spent making the part, or the cost per part, a multitude of qualities can factor into the machine tool’s return on investment. Here are some reasons why a less expensive piece of equipment is not always the obvious choice.
Laser Cutting

Micromachining: No More Constraints

The latest femtosecond laser technology from Raydiance can reduce cost per part by 20 percent to 50 percent and reduce product design, prototyping and development from months to as little as 24 hours.
Lathes

Hard Thread Turning Shortens The Process Chain

High precision hard turning techniques are enjoying ever greater popularity in the metal processing industry. By shortening cycle times and increasing flexibility, high precision hard turning has advantages over grinding in particular when it comes to processing complicated parts such as spindle nuts or threaded spindles in the hard state.
Machine Controls

Guitar Hero

How CNC machining takes center stage in high-quality guitar craftsmanship.
Milling Machines

Boring Mill Fuels Energy Sector Expansion for Machine Shop

Milwaukee Machine Works expands its energy sector business into wind turbine gearbox housings, fluid end manifolds for the oil/gas industry, and other oversized components up to 10 ft long and weighing up to 7,000 lb with a new large capacity dual-pallet Giddings & Lewis MC 1600 from Fives.
Multitasking Machines

Shoot from the Hip

This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment using advanced turn-mill machines that take their custom implants for coated hip replacement to a whole new efficiency.
Ram EDM Machines

A Hole New Game: Precision EDM Holemaking Goes Smaller, Deeper and Faster

While hole-popper systems are quite capable of generating very small accurate holes with good surface quality, advanced EDM drilling systems dramatically increase a shop’s capability to consistently produce tiny holes that are even more accurate and with higher quality.
Software

How to Simplify Complex Geometry Tool Repair

A new release of NUMROTO tool grinding software meets the growing challenges of grinding and servicing new generations of complex geometry drills and end mills.
Vertical Machining Centers

Getting Better All the Time

The eye-opening story of how one vertical machining center renovated a small machine shop that makes prototypes and runs small batches for electronics, aerospace, glass and industrial printing applications.
Wire EDM Machines

Improving Profitability with User-Friendly EDM

The complicated nature of the work and the current labor issues facing the industry mean that more user-friendly EDM is critical for your shop operation.
Metal Cutting: Products

Outstanding Cylindrical and Face Grinding Accuracy

The spindle on the SGU32X100S Cylindrical Grinding Machine runs on precision bearings, assuring maximum spindle stability. It guarantees outstanding accuracy for external and internal diameter grinding and face grinding. 
The SGU32X100S Cylindrical Grinding Machine from Sy Machinery uses a stable and rigid spindle head, precision wheel head with special hydrostatic bearing and advanced automatic hydrostatical lubrication for extremely smooth movement, added feed accuracy and superior grinding accuracy.

Affordable Power-Stroke Honing for Small Shops

The SSH-1680 makes quick work of parts with keyways, splines and blind bores. An adjustable spindle allows the operator to eliminate mandrel runout, making it easy to achieve precision bore geometry. Multiple land and tandem bores are bridged with Sunnen’s long stones, maintaining alignment and consistent size without camber or washout. 
Ideal for multiple-land and tandem bores, heavy/odd shaped parts, keyed or splined bores, blind bores and thin-wall parts, the value-priced SSH-1680 honing system from Sunnen brings power-stroke efficiency to small shops for sizing complex bores up to 60 mm diameter and 250 mm length.

Automated Centerless Grinding for Medium to Large Production

The TGS-CL-6020 centerless grinder dependably handles a variety of industry-wide grinding applications in the roughest production environments. The machine is built to provide many years of uninterrupted service without high maintenance costs.
The TGS-CL-6020 centerless grinder from Total Grinding Solutions is ideal for medium to large-batch production with short setup times in the roughest production environments.